“Pain is deeper than all thought; laughter is higher than all pain”
— Elbert Hubbard
Our story is born from the horror of 9/11, the loss of our son, Christopher, and the grief that was, it seemed, shared by the entire nation. This was back when the wounds were fresh and the lessons weren’t yet beginning to fade from the collective memory of so many.
And if we did not believe that laughter is indeed higher than all pain we would still be wallowing. But we all know that our lives must move forward, and in the aftermath of 9/11 it was this thought that propelled us to turn “mourning into dancing,” as the Bible says. It was the thought that something good could come out of this tragedy that made us determined to make it so.
And once we decided to do something good to overcome the bad, we knew exactly what our mission would be: to keep Christopher’s name alive, and to honor his legacy as a teacher and passionate lover of America and her History.